The brand watch: Scottish fashion labels to fall in love with
As Fashion Month draws to a close, we’re looking away from the four style capitals of the world – New York, London, Milan and Paris – and instead we’re devoting our attention to the clothing brands born and built on Scottish soil.
Olivia Rose the Label
Solely responsible for putting puff-sleeves and fitted, shirred bodices back on the style agenda, Olivia Rose the Label has become a firm fixture on our Instagram feeds, and is beloved by influencers and celebrities alike. Founded in 2017 by Olivia Rose Havelock, each piece is made to order in exclusive quantities by Olivia herself in her Edinburgh studio. Pastel hues and romantic florals are design signatures, while silhouettes feature sexy low backs and fitted skirts. Essentially, it’s the stuff occasionwear dreams are made of.
We need not tell you that the kilt is synonymous with Scotland, but Le Kilt’s founder, Samantha McCoach, has helped elevate it to fashionable new heights. Established in 2014, Le Kilt started life as a single kilt style Samantha made in tandem with her grandmother. Today, the brand boasts seasonal collections featuring jackets, tops and kilts alike, is stocked at some of the most prestigious e-boutiques in the world and has won over an impressive legion of fans.
Anyone who lives in this fair nation knows knitwear serves as an integral part of our wardrobes, but pullovers needn’t be pared-back. Cue Green Thomas, a knitwear brand with roots in London, but with its heart in Scotland, which is known for its bright, playful take on premium knitwear. While many other labels outsource production to other countries, Green Thomas sought to craft its products in Scotland, using the finest wool and craftsmanship. The outcome is directional pieces steeped in heritage.